When you think of a Range Rover, luxury pops comes to mind much faster than its off-road capability. But the truth is that the ultra-luxury SUV is no slouch in either category. With a ground clearance of 11-inches in off-road mode and a maximum wading depth of 27.5 inches, the Range Rover can traverse the blacktop and cross a flooded river on the way home. It takes a lot of fuel to power this hefty SUV, but the 27.6-gallon tank is at least big enough to get this 5891 pounds SUV around for a while between fill-ups.
Combined with air suspension and the touted Terrain Response System, the Range Rover delivers an airy ride similar to a Rolls-Royce. A 5.0-liter engine delivers 375 horsepower, and if that's not enough the Supercharger should satisfy your appetite offering up 510 ponies. Land Rover claims a 0-60 mph time of 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph out on the track, both impressive numbers for a SUV of this size.
When looking at the Range Rover you think of the well to-do shuttling around doing daily errands but what makes it more impressive are the hidden off-road capabilities. The Range Rover can take you off-roading in the mountains during the day and drop you off at the red carpet at night, no questions asked.
Body style: SUV
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 5.0-liter supercharged V-8
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Models: HSE, HSE LUX, Supercharged, Autobiography
You don't mess with a classic: The Range Rover gets minor tweaks for the 2012 model year. The latest model year marks the third consecutive Range Rover to use the same 5.0-liter V-8 seen in sibling Jaguar's lineup.
With all of the available models -- including Supercharged and Autobiography -- the Range Rover can be configured in a number of different ways. The five passenger luxury SUV can be equipped with 19-inch wheels, a rearview camera, air suspension, and an electronic locking rear differential when dressed in the HSE model. Opting for the HSE Luxury package gets you 20-inch wheels, upgraded leather, and heated and cooled seats. The Autobiography package, which is only available on the Supercharged model, features a different grille, wheels, and a spoiler. A parking assist camera and a 14-speaker surround sound system with HD radio are also offered.
Leather, leather, and more leather adorn the interior with four kinds offered inside. Every touch point is soft, from the door panels to the dashboard and headliner. Wood takes up the space leather isn't occupying and the vehicle information center is just as appealing. An in-dash display allows the driver to customize content and view gauges and other systems while trudging off-road. With the rear seats folded down the Range Rover offers 74 cubic feet of cargo space, pretty good, but less than other competitors in the segment.
Performance & Handling
A 5.0-liter V-8 engine provides 375 horsepower for the HSE models while the Supercharged version gets 510 ponies. The same engine that is dropped into Jaguar vehicles is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. The Range Rover comes standard with full-time four-wheel drive and provides a ground clearance of 11-inches. As per usual with the British luxury SUV maker, Terrain Response also comes along for the ride offering different settings that allow the driver to dictate suspension, powertrain, and traction and stability controls. The TRS is tailored to tackle grass, gravel, snow, mud, and rock and can tow up to 7700 pounds when equipped with Trailer Stability Assist.
Standard safety features on the Range Rover include anti-lock brakes, rollover and hill descent control, and front and rear parking sensors. Other standard safety features include traction and stability control, front-seat side and curtain airbags, a driver knee bag, and whiplash protection for the front seats. Optional safety features include a Vision assist package which adds blind-spot monitoring, multi-camera parking assist, and adaptive front lighting. Emergency braking assist is also offered as an option on all models.
EPA Fuel Economy
HSE: 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway
Supercharged: 12 mph city/18 mpg highway
- Luxury feel
- Transcendent ride
- Exterior styling
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